Citizenship and Legal Work Status
Hiring employees who are not authorized to work in the United States can result in losing your business license and being fined. The first time your business is found to have hired an illegal employee, the fine may be fairly small. However, the second time, the file can be as much as $5,000 per person, and the fines only increase after that. If you make a habit of hiring those who are not eligible to work in the U.S., you may eventually face jail time.
Doing a detailed screening of all potential candidates will help you determine if the person you’re considering hiring is a U.S. citizen or has the appropriate documentation in order to legally work in the country. USAFact can verify a candidate’s identity and their status, allowing you to hire them without fear of any legal issues later on.
What About Those Using a False Identity?
Unfortunately, those who are in the U.S. illegally may resort to stealing someone else’s identity in order to get a work visa or a job. Doing a background screening may not show anything suspicious. USAFact does everything possible to determine if someone is using an alias or false identity. In fact, more often than not, our screenings do reveal contradictory information that leads to exposing the scam.
However, in the event that the identity thief isn’t caught, you’re still covered. U.S. law states that as long as you have made a good faith attempt to determine that the candidate can legally work in the U.S., you are protected against legal action. USAFact will exceed the requirements of a good faith search, so you have nothing to worry about.
How We Do It
We run a number of different screenings to determine someone’s legal work status. We can verify the information on their submitted I-9 form, check their criminal and financial history, and verify any aliases that may be used.
If you’re ready to start verifying the identities of potential hires, contact USAFact today. Our screening services will help you avoid any legal entanglements that come from illegal hires.